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ERIC Number: ED514436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Virtual Schools and 21st Century Skills
North American Council for Online Learning
Online learning through virtual schools is one of the most important advancements in attempting to rethink the effectiveness of education in the United States. The virtual school provides access to online, collaborative and self-paced learning environments--settings that can facilitate 21st Century skills. Today's students must be able to combine these skills with the effective use of technology to succeed in current and future jobs. The full promise of virtual learning is dependent, however, on its ability to incorporate 21st century skills in its instructional design, delivery and implementation. Virtual school leaders, administrators and teachers must ensure that students who learn in online environments are gaining the skills necessary to compete as citizens and workers in the 21st century. This document attempts to articulate a vision for 21st century learning in virtual schools, and identify ways in which online learning can improve outcomes for all students. An example of a school using online learning is appended. (Contains 2 endnotes.) [This report was written by the North American Council for Online Learning and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.]
North American Council for Online Learning. Available from: International Association for K-12 Online Learning. 1934 Old Gallows Road Suite 350, Vienna, VA 22182. Tel: 888-956-2265; Tel: 703-752-6216; Fax: 703-752-6201; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: North American Council for Online Learning
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Michigan